The Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan by Dr. Joas Wagemakers
MEI Speaks 33: Online book discussion with the Author of the book, 'The Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan,' Dr. Joas Wagemakers of Utrecht University, Netherlands. Session moderated by Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar, Associate Fellow, MP - IDSA, New Delhi. #MuslimBrotherhood #Jordan #Egypt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 'MEI Speaks' is a series of online public lectures and book discussions hosted by Middle East Institute, New Delhi. To watch videos in the series, check out our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/MiddleEastInstituteNewDelhi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Follow Middle East Institute on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiddleEastInstituteNewDelhi Website: http://www.mei.org.in/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
The Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan: A Conversation with Joas Wagemakers (S. 9, Ep. 11)
POMEPS Middle East Political Science Podcast
Joas Wagemakers talks about his new book, The Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, with Marc Lynch on this week’s podcast. The book explores the Muslim Brotherhood’s long history and complex relationship with Jordan, its parliament and society. “In Jordan [the Muslim Brotherhood] basically had Royal support from the very start, and the reason for that was that the King did not really have a lot of authority within the country of Transjordan, as it was still called in the 1920s and 30s and 40s, and sought sources of authority that would help him gain the status of King or ruler in this new nation” explains Wagemakers. Wagemakers says, “After 1989, when decisions had to be made about: are we going to participate in elections, are we going to participate in the government if the government asked us to, are we going to be responsible for the decisions that we make. [The Muslim Brotherhood] really had to make political decisions. The existing divisions within the Muslim Brotherhood became clearer and clearer.”“The brotherhood did radicalize under pressure, let's say in the 1990s, but only by resorting to the means of boycotting the election. It was in the 2010s, so the past few years, when there was quite a bit of repression that the Brotherhood had moderated further simply because they saw in Saudi Arabia, in The United Arab Emirates, in Egypt and in other countries as well, that the Brotherhood was increasingly coming under the fire, was being labeled a terrorist organization… the Islamic Action Front really had only one way left to remain relevant and to remain legal, which was to engage in parliamentary elections,” notes Wagemakers.Joas Wagemakers is an Associate Professor of Islam and Arabic at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University. He obtained his PhD in Nijmegen, received the Erasmus Research Prize in 2011 for his dissertation, was a researcher at Clingendael and a visiting research fellow at Princeton University.Music for this season's podcast was created by Feras Arrabi. You can find more of his work on his Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ferasarrabimusic) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/feras.arrabi/) page.
Episode 8 - The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood with Dr. Joas Wagemakers
Middle East Law and Governance
In this episode, we speak with Joas Wagemakers about the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, its historical evolution, and the splits that have emerged within the movement. Joas recently published an article in MELG focusing specifically on the divergent responses of the Brotherhood to the "Arab Spring". The article is available here: https://brill.com/view/journals/melg/12/1/article-p35_35.xml
Salafism in Jordan: A Conversation with Joas Wagemakers (S. 6, Ep. 15)
POMEPS Middle East Political Science Podcast
On this week's podcast, Joas Wagemakers talks about his new book, Salafism in Jordan: Political Islam in a Quietist Community, on the quietist ideology that characterizes many Salafi movements."Salafism is obviously in the news all the time. It's in the news in Western European countries, for example, as a threat usually as connected to terrorism, but it's also important because it has to do with the relation between religion and non-religious people: what role does religion play in society?" says Wagemakers. "For that reason the study of Salafism in general in important. With regard to the Middle East, we usually hear about Salafism in Egypt, sometimes in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, but not so much Jordan."Joas Wagemakers is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Utrecht University. His research focuses on Salafism and Islamism. His publications include A Quietist Jihadi: The Ideology and Influence of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Salafism: Utopian Ideals in a Stubborn Reality (Parthenon, 2014 (in Dutch); with Martijn de Koning and Carmen Becker) and Salafism in Jordan: Political Islam in a Quietist Community (Cambridge University Press, 2016)."I remember interviewing people in 2013 who could sit in the same room, and one person said 'I support the Islamic State'. Another said 'I support Al Qaeda' and another saying 'I support all' and they could still be friends. But the polarization and the partisanship in this issue created a situation in which that sort of thing was no longer possible. The enmity between these different groups ensured that they grew apart. And you're either a supporter of the Islamic State or al Qaeda. Never the two shall meet."
For students and researchers of Middle Eastern politics and Salafism, Wagemakers explores how and why quietist Salafism in Jordan - through ideological tendencies, foreign developments, internal conflicts, regime involvement, theological challenges and regional turmoil - evolved from an independent movement into a politically domesticated one.About the AuthorJoas Wagemakers is an Assistant Professor of Islamic and Arabic Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His research focuses mainly on Salafism and particularly Salafi ideology; the Muslim Brotherhood; citizenship, women's rights and rights of the Shi'a in Saudi Arabia; and Hamas. He has published many chapters and articles in these fields as well as several books, including: A Quietist Jihadi: The Ideology and Influence of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi (Cambridge, 2012), Salafisme (2014, co-authored with Martijn de Koning and Carmen Becker) and Islam in verandering: Vroomheid en vertier onder moslims binnen en buiten Nederland (2015, co-edited with Martijn de Koning).